Malia Cohen

Malia M. Cohen

Member, Board of Equalization, 2nd District

News Release
For Immediate Release
July 23, 2021

NR 21-02
Contact: Regina Evans
1-916-471-8852

Statement of Malia M. Cohen
Member, California State Board of Equalization
On the Governor’s Signing of AB 131, Enhancing Child Development Programs

Sacramento – Today, California State Board of Equalization Member Malia M. Cohen issued the following statement on the Governor's signing of Assembly Bill 131, Enhancing Childhood Development Programs:

“I take great pride in standing with Governor Newsom and the Legislative Women's Caucus for the signing of AB 131, which will significantly enhance access to child development programs in California.

Understanding that “budgets are policy” California has taken the lead in both enacting innovative child development programs, and in allocating the funds that will make them work.

AB 131 appropriates $775.8 million in funding for child care and development programs. These funds will be used to benefit early child care and education programs statewide, including in communities where parents face the daily challenge of finding quality, affordable services for their children.

This historic legislation also provides for coordination of child development programs by transferring sixteen programs from the Education Code and the Department of Education to the Welfare and Institutions Code and the Department of Social Services.“


State Board of Equalization Member Malia M. Cohen represents nearly 10 million constituents residing in 23 counties in Northern and Central California, extending from Del Norte County in the north to Santa Barbara County in the south. Board Member Cohen is the youngest Constitutional Officer serving in California.

The Board of Equalization is California's statewide elected tax board. Its five members include four members elected in districts, and the State Controller. Under its constitutional mandate, the BOE oversees the assessment practices of the state's 58 county assessors, who are charged with establishing values for approximately 13.6 million assessments each year. In addition, the BOE assesses the property of regulated railroads and specific public utilities, and is responsible for the alcoholic beverage tax and tax on insurers.

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